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Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Health Education With Web Resource

Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Health Education With Web Resource



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    Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Health Education is a highly practical and useful resource for middle school and high school health educators looking for innovative and tried-and-true ways to implement a skills-based approach to health education.

    The text—written by renowned authors Sarah Benes and Holly Alperin, along with experts in the field, including many SHAPE America Teacher of the Year honorees—offers effective, skills-based learning activities, lessons, units, and assessments that you can use in your classroom as they are or with modifications to meet the needs of your students. You can use this text to build a completely new curriculum or to supplement your existing curriculum, providing a smooth transition from a content-based approach to a skills-based approach. The authors explain the rationale and foundation for making that transition, putting the lesson plans, activities, and assessments in context for you as you learn how to implement a skills-based approach.

    The 64 lessons and activities in Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Health Education have been
    • created by the authors and a number of experienced teachers broadly recognized for their expertise in skills-based health education,
    • organized to map to the skills in the National Health Education Standards and aligned with a five-step skill-development model
    • designed to be flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of a wide range of educators, from those wanting a complete new curriculum to those wanting to simply supplement their existing curriculum while meeting the needs of all students.
    Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Health Education is an ideal companion to The Essentials of Teaching Health Education, another book by Benes and Alperin, which presents teaching and assessment strategies for planning and implementing a skills-based approach to teaching health education. Together, these two books can help you effectively teach skills-based health education from day one.

    Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Health Education offers a detailed, easy-to-use learning activity template and employs a teacher-friendly format that has been proven effective in the field. It comes with a web resource that has digital versions of the many reproducible forms in the text.

    The text is organized into two parts. Part I delves into key aspects of planning, implementing, and assessing a skills-based approach, offering you a strong foundation in the core concepts of the approach. Each of the part II chapters is devoted to a skill addressed in the National Health Education Standards, providing you with the following material:
    • An overview of the skill
    • Key considerations for teaching the skill
    • A unit outline
    • Assessments
    • Lesson plans
    • Learning activities
    Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Health Education offers you all you need to put a skills-based approach into practice: the solid foundational information that explains the concepts and the resources, tools, and strategies to help you implement the lesson plans and activities that will aid your students in developing proficiency in the skills emphasized in the national standards. Through this text, you will be able to offer instruction that challenges your students and provides them with opportunities to meet the standards in a classroom environment that is engaging, thought provoking, and relevant.


    Resource for K-12 health education teachers and administrators. Supplemental text for undergraduate- and graduate-level health education teaching methods courses.

    Table of Contents

    Part I. Skills-Based Health Education: An Overview
    Chapter 1. Skills-Based Health Education: An Overview
    Alignment With the National Health Education Standards
    Skill Development and Assessment
    Participatory Methods
    Functional Information
    Chapter 2. Designing Your Health Curriculum
    Eight Steps of Curriculum Design
    Using This Text

    Part II. Skills in the Classroom
    Chapter 3. Developing the Skill of Accessing Valid and Reliable Information, Products, and Services to Enhance Students’ Health
    Skill Overview
    Skill Cues
    Unit Outline
    Lesson Plans
    Lesson 1: To Trust or Not To Trust
    Lesson 2: ACCESSing Valid and Reliable Information, Products, and Services
    Lesson 3: Grocery Games
    Lesson 4: Is It Healthy?
    Lessons 5 and 6: Podcasts
    Lessons 7 and 8: Who and What Is in My Neighborhood?
    Bonus Activity
    Chapter 4. Helping Students to Analyze Influences on Their Health
    Skill Overview
    Skill Cues
    Unit Outline
    Lesson Plans
    Lesson 1: Influences, Influences, All Around
    Lesson 2: Web of Influences
    Lesson 3: What Would You Do?
    Lesson 4: Perceptions, Norms, and Behavior
    Lesson 5: Exploring the Impact of Media
    Lessons 6 and 7: Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    Lesson 8: Social Media and Technology
    Chapter 5. Developing Interpersonal Communication Skills for Health and Wellness
    Skill Overview
    Skill Cues
    Unit Outline
    Lesson Plans
    Lesson 1: I Wish I Could Talk To . . .
    Lesson 2: What Does Effective Communication Look Like, Sound Like, Feel Like?
    Lesson 3: Identifying Effective Communication
    Lesson 4: Fishing for Healthy Relationships
    Lesson 5: Real Life Relationships
    Lesson 6: What’s Your Story?
    Lessons 7, 8, 9, and 10: Let’s Communicate Together!
    Chapter 6. Developing the Skill of Decision Making to Improve Health Outcomes
    Skill Overview
    Skill Cues
    Unit Outline
    Lesson Plans
    Lesson 1: Decisions, What Decisions?
    Lesson 2: How Do I DECIDE What to Do?
    Lesson 3: Using Ethical Tests to Make Decisions
    Lessons 4 and 5: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illegal Drug Webquest
    Lesson 6: Revisiting the Scene of the Party
    Lessons 7 and 8: Let’s Make a Decision
    Lesson 9: Let’s Enjoy Some Comics
    Chapter 7. Learning to Set Goals to Enhance Our Health
    Skill Overview
    Skill Cues
    Unit Outline
    Lesson Plans
    Lesson 1: There Is Life After High School . . . Where Do You Want It to Lead?
    Lesson 2: Introduction to the Dimensions of Wellness
    Lesson 3: Dimensions of Wellness Self-Assessment
    Lesson 4: Got Goals?
    Lesson 5: Creating a Vision
    Lesson 6: Recruit Your Champions
    Lesson 7: Goal Check—Revisit, Reevaluate, and Revise (if Needed)
    Lessons 8 and 9: One SMART Celebration
    Chapter 8. Self-Management for a Healthy Lifestyle
    Skill Overview
    Skill Cues
    Unit Outline
    Lesson Plans
    Lesson 1: Developing Healthy Habits
    Lesson 2: Happiness Is Healthy
    Lesson 3: Strategies for Increasing Happiness
    Lesson 4: Strategies for Increasing Happiness (Continued)
    Lesson 5: Healthy Mind, Healthy Me
    Lesson 6: Understanding Mental Health
    Lesson 7: When to Seek Help and Where to Find It
    Lesson 8: Sharing Is Caring
    Chapter 9. Teaching Students Advocacy Skills to Improve Health
    Skill Overview
    Skill Cues
    Unit Outline
    Lesson Plans
    Lesson 1: What Is Advocacy?
    Lesson 2: Becoming an Advocate
    Lesson 3: Data, Data Everywhere!
    Lesson 4: Finding Evidence
    Lesson 5: Advocacy Action
    Lesson 6: Peer Feedback
    Lesson 7: Collaborating for a Cause
    Lesson 8: The Finishing Touches
    Lesson 9: Assessment—Advocacy in Action
    About the Authors

    About the Author

    Sarah Sparrow Benes, EdD, CHES, is a senior director and lecturer in graduate health sciences at Merrimack College. Sarah teaches a variety of undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in health sciences, does service projects in local communities, and conducts research on health education and physical activity in schools. Dr. Benes was the program director for physical and health education programs at Boston University for six years before coming to Merrimack College. She has numerous publications in refereed journals and has written chapters examining health education; she has also made more than a dozen presentations on skills-based health education and related topics at state and regional conferences. Sarah serves on a variety of health education committees, including the health education council for SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators) and is the former vice president of health education for the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Benes is consulted by school districts on health and wellness issues, with a focus on skills-based curriculum development and implementation. She is a certified health education specialist and a member of SHAPE America. Sarah received a bachelor degree in athletic training from the University of Connecticut, a master degree in education from Boston University, and a doctorate in curriculum and teaching from Boston University; she is currently working on a master of public health degree. She lives in Natick, Massachusetts, with her husband, two daughters, and yellow Labrador retriever. She enjoys spending time with her family on nature walks and enjoying the sights and sounds of the Northeast.

    Holly Alperin, EdM, MCHES, is a clinical assistant professor in the department of kinesiology’s health and physical education program at the University of New Hampshire. Throughout her career, Holly has worked to improve the health and academic outcomes of young people by leveraging partnerships that strengthen school-level policies and practices, both in the health education classroom and throughout the school. In addition to her teaching of preservice and graduate health and physical education majors, she provides training and technical assistance to preK-12 educators, administrators, and staff and develops and implements trainings to advance the capacity of state and national stakeholders to improve the health and academic outcomes of children. Holly is a sought-after presenter, having been invited to numerous local, state, national, and international events. She is an advocate for ensuring that health educators receive high-quality professional development, and she takes this responsibility to heart. Volunteer roles have included participation on a variety of professional task forces for organizations such as SHAPE America; American School Health Association; and New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Holly received her bachelor degree in health education and health promotion from Central Michigan University and her master of education in policy, planning, and administration from Boston University. Holly currently lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two daughters. Together they enjoy the best of New England—ocean, mountains, cities, and countless adventures.


    The web resource includes digital versions of reproducible forms.

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